IPhone 12 Pro Max teardown reveals how sensor shift stabilization works

IPhone 12 Pro Max teardown reveals how sensor shift stabilization works

The iPhone 12 Pro Max has undergone a teardown by YouTuber Zack Nelson, aka JerryRigEverything, who offers a look at what the internals look like. It specifically showed what the new Sensor Shift Image Stabilization looks like on the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Apple says this new technique can stabilize an image at more than 5,000 times per second. This is a huge improvement over the current Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) technique that claims to stabilize an image at 1000 times per second. Your teardown video also sheds light on the difficulty you face removing the battery.

In its video, Nelson begins by opening iPhone 12 Pro Max display carefully using heat and other tools. The screen turns off without much damage and Nelson tries to remove the battery. After removing a few screws, try to remove the battery using Apple’s built-in removal tabs. However, Nelson was unable to get the battery out and instead had to resort to the use of flash alcohol to loosen the glue on the bottom of the battery a bit.

After removing the battery, Nelson goes on to remove the rear camera module that has three sensors. The upper camera has a telephoto sensor that has traditional OIS where the lens makes the movement to collect stable images. There’s a wide-angle sensor on the side that lacks OIS, and the main camera is said to have the new sensor-swap image stabilization technique.

This sensor switch technology is traditionally found in DSLRs, and Apple is said to be the first to introduce it in smartphones. The new image stabilization technique allows the sensor to move in place, rather than the lens. This is said to speed up the stabilization process significantly, as it occurs at the image collection point itself – the sensor. The iPhone 12 Pro Max has this sensor shift technology on the larger sensor, and Nelson’s video gives us an idea of ​​how the main image sensor is shifted into place with the help of magnets, allowing for stabilization. faster.

Nelson recently also done durability tests in iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Both phones passed the bending, scratching and calling test with flying colors. Even after being exposed to 50 seconds of flames, the screen showed no signs of damage.

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